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    Alexander spent a great deal of his life in the company of his army, inherited from his father, Philip. With so many years shared between the troops and Alexander, it was crucial to Alexander’s success that his men trust him, follow him, and fight for him without question. In the early years of Alexander’s career as ruler of Macedonia and leader of the army, his determination for conquest was shared by his men. Alexander led his troops into many successful battles and triumphs, such as the Battles of Gaugamela, Issus, and Granicus. In each of these places, Alexander’s leadership skills were tested, and they prevailed. His ability to inspire his troops was fruitful and made stronger with each success. However as Alexander pulled his army further from home, they began to tire of the never-ending mission for conquest, disgruntled that Alexander’s want for land was not yet satisfied. This eventually led to a mutiny held by the army, demanding that Alexander venture no further east across the Hyphasis River. Alexander’s ability to lead and inspire his troops took a serious blow at this time, but for the most part of his reign, Alexander was known for his excellent military command, earning him the title of Alexander the Great. From very early on in his life, Alexander had been exposed to military rules and life by his father, Philip. As a prince of Macedonia, it was imperative that he be taught how to lead so he will be followed; fortunately, Alexander had a natural talent…

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    Alexander V: Parmenion

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    Script translation* L: Parmenion to defend Alexander please *** L: Parmenion you were a general of Philip's and Alexander's, when did alexander take the throne and begin his military campaigns. P: Alexander took the throne shortly after the assassination of Phillip II. after news spread about Phillips death, many states decided to take advantage and revolted but were quickly resolved by Alexander through force and thus quelled the revolts and added them to his army and began his military…

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    Furthermore, Alexander’s failure to produce an heir resulted in the complete collapse of his of his empire. As seen in 335, after the effective conclusion of the Greek revolt Diodorus quotes the advise of Parmenion and Antipater to Alexander insisting for him not to become vigorously involved in the Asian campaign until he had produced a son for heir. Alexander opposed these beliefs, disregarding the idea due to the principle that it would take up too much time. Hence the aftermath of his death…

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    dreamed of becoming. Consolidating Greece and raising an army, he prepared for conquests in the Persian Empire. Through barren deserts and snowy mountain peaks, his men marched as they sought total conquest over the Great King's empire. When the empire had finally been won and the Great King eliminated, Alexander was not prepared to give up his dreams quite yet. While his men were ready to return to their homeland and enjoy their booty, Alexander wanted more. He dreamed of riding elephants…

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    the court with the hustings. One of the reasons why the Macedonian system is unique is that they had a military democracy, that meant men who served for the military had a big voice in the state’s business (they chose the king from different dynasties, etc.). Several ancient authors emphasized that the freedom of the citizens in Macedonia was more than elsewhere in the ancient era. Also, the king was the leader of the army as well. According Szaray`s chapter on the society of Macedonia, it had…

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    were unknown by any general up until that time. With Asia Minor lost to Alexander, Darius III attempted to negotiate with him, but to no avail. Alexander wanted Darius III to surrender to him, and nothing else would be sufficient. At the Battle of Gaugamela, Alexander was outnumbered by the Persian military. Estimates put Alexander’s army at around 47,000 and Darius II’s army from 87,000 to over a million. Alexander’s men were better armed and trained though, and Alexander’s unusual…

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